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Koreas to resume high-level talks soon

February 15, 2007

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— The two Koreas agreed to resume stalled high-level talks as soon as possible, officials said today, amid signs of easing tensions on the divided peninsula after the North signed a breakthrough disarmament agreement.

The Cabinet-level talks - the highest dialogue channel between the two Koreas - will be held in the North's capital from Feb. 27 to March 2. The talks had been suspended for seven months amid chilled relations following North Korea's missile launches in July and nuclear test in October.

South Korea's Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung said today's meeting between lower-level officials in North Korea's border city of Kaesong "would serve as an opportunity for South-North relations and dialogue to develop to a new level for peace on the Korean peninsula."

South Korean delegate Lee Kwan-se told reporters in Kaesong that the two sides agreed that the Cabinet-level talks should resume "as early as possible. We had a consensus that South-North relations should be restored promptly," he said.

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